Congrats to 30A’s homegrown talent, Kelsey Anna —  She just inked a publishing deal with Little Extra Music in Nashville!

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A true 30A local, Kelsey has been creating her unique brand of music since she was 12 years old. For a decade, her haunting voice, powerful messages and youthful spirit made her a popular draw at venues and festivals along Scenic Highway 30A.

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Truman — 30A’s classic “Sand Rover” mascot — was the proud subject of a “Battle of the Brushes” hosted by Artists at Gulf Place last week. The fun-spirited competition was held during Gulf Place’s Third Thursday Wine Walkabout.

30A South Walton Battle of the Brushes at Gulf Place Artists at Gulf Place Hosts Battle of the Brushes

Left to Right: David Hansel, Billie Gaffrey, Maxine Orange & Libbo Morgan (Photo by: John Hollan)

Each month, Dwight Ward of Artists at Gulf Place secretly selects a different subject for the competition, which features four local artists. Once the topic is revealed, the artists have less than two hours to create their interpretation of the subject matter. Past subjects have included a beach sunset and 30A’s famous Western Lake.

The large crowd in attendance for the Third Thursday Wine Walkabout was mesmerized by the real-time creativity of these local talents, and this month’s winner (decided by a different secret judge each month) was Libbo Morgan, who only recently joined the artist collective at Gulf Place.

Here are close-ups of each artists’ impromptu interpretation…

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Photos: Shelly Swanger

Alys Beach’s famous adults-only “Night of the Dead” costume party will be held at Caliza this Saturday October, 25th.

Noche de los Muertos is always THE hottest party of the haunted season, with over-the-top costumes, special cocktails, a photo booth, and a contest with a $1,000 cash prize for Best Costume.

DJ Roonie G returns again this year, and a limited number of private cabanas are available for groups. Guests must be at least 21 years old, and costumes are required. A cash bar will be available. The fun starts at 8pm and runs until 11:30pm.

Tickets are $50 in advance, and $60 at the door. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to help Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Please note that tickets are nonrefundable and the party will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are available online, and at the Alys Beach Bike Shop, Alys Shoppe, or Fonville Press in Alys Beach.

Gulf Place on 30A30A South Walton unnamed 3 Celebrate Fall with an Exciting Line up of Events at Gulf Place invites the community to join in several events this fall. The frightfully spooktacular events guarantee a whole lot of fun this season.

The Witches of South Walton will take flight on their 11th annual ride down 30A from Gulf Place to Butler Elementary on Friday, October 31, at 7:00 a.m.

The Witches of South Walton is a group of women founded by Carol Stafford and Le Thompson dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The fundraising ride began with just a few friends and has grown over the years to include a pre-ride party and a post-ride breakfast with an exciting raffle featuring items from local businesses.

Prior to the race the witches will enjoy their morning coffee at Sunrise Coffee Company at Gulf Place. Then they will ride west along Scenic Highway 30A about 2.2 miles to Butler Elementary to greet children before school begins. Following the ride the witches will reconvene at La Playa in Gulf Place for a celebratory breakfast and mimosas. The YOLO Board + Bike store at Gulf Place will provide free bike rentals to any witch needing a bike for the ride. Continue Reading…

30A South Walton Mountain Film MountainFilm Returns to WaterColor Nov 7 8

Thousands of moviegoers will flock to WaterColor Resort November 7-8 for a unique beachside event that has become a fall tradition – the MountainFilm Festival.

For the fourteenth year, the outdoor film festival is headed to Northwest Florida to screen an array of independent films in a gorgeous park setting overlooking one of the area’s rare coastal dune lakes. The festival, based in Telluride, Colorado, goes on tour every year with a selection of its visually appealing and often thought-provoking films, and moviegoers keep coming back for more.

“I think one thing that brings me back every year is that after I see the films there are about 100 different topics that I want to know more about,” said Lanier Motes, a longtime festivalgoer and marketing manager for the St. Joe Company, which hosts the event. “It’s something that stays with you and after the weekend is over you are still thinking about something that you saw or that you heard.”

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30A South Walton unnamed 1 Catch a Vintage Film Under the Stars at Eden State Gardens   Oct 29Friends of Eden State Gardens invite you and your family for a movie night under the stars. Eden’s Vintage Florida Film Series’ showcased two films earlier this month.

The third and final film to be showcased is ‘Frogs’ (1973), which was filmed at Eden Gardens. The screening will take place on October 29 at 6:30 pm under the moss-draped oak trees on the beautiful lawns of Eden Gardens. Popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for a donation.

The event is FREE with park admission but donations are appreciated and will go directly to the Friends of Eden State Gardens to maintain park grounds and interpretive programs. So bring your chairs, blankets, bug spray, and loved ones and enjoy the movies under the stars on the giant blow-up screen.

For more info, check out the event’s Facebook page.

30A South Walton foundation press release 360 Blue Employees Establish New Foundation to Help Underprivileged ChildrenThe employees of 360 Blue — a luxury vacation rental company along Scenic Highway 30A and in Destin — recently launched the 360 Blue Foundation, a charitable foundation aimed at helping those in the world suffering the most.

360 Blue’s employees also announced an initial commitment of $100,000 in 2015, which will be used to help with the Foundation’s initial efforts to build schools for children struggling in extreme poverty in Africa.

“We are so proud that our employees have decided to work together to identify ways to help those less fortunate in the world,” said Jeremy Sprenkle, one of 360 Blue’s owners.

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30A South Walton Lauren Lege 100 Mattie Kelly Arts Festival Guide: Oct 25 26By Lauren Lege

This year marks the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. With music, arts and activities for all ages, this festival is a must-see for families of all shapes and sizes.

30A South Walton Festival Poster Artwork 2014 804x1024 Mattie Kelly Arts Festival Guide: Oct 25 26Festival features include a food bistro, wine and beer garden, live music, activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art drawings and more.

Art enthusiasts from all walks of life will have the opportunity to witness artists create works live, browse from dozens of emerging new and student artists, and get hands-on in the interactive children’s art station. Entertaining street performers, lively art drawings and the sale of colorful keepsake souvenirs come together at Mattie Kelly to create a family-friendly festival feel.

“We are thrilled to return to our original roots when this festival was first born in 1995 and billed as ‘art on the lawn’ by Southern Living magazine,” said Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation CEO, Marcia Hull. “Today, the new festival site portrays that ambience of a spacious green and one of the Emerald Coast’s largest entertainment stages for musicians to perform. Hospitality is our number one priority to create a pleasant environment for all of our artists and festival fans.” Continue Reading…

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